Here are some of the more popular and important parenting and pediatric topics in the news and being discussed by parents right now:
Becoming a Pediatrician
Information on becoming a Pediatrician, including career opportunities, salaries, medical school requirements, and what it takes to become a doctor specializing in Pediatrics.
Obesity Prevention in Children
Learn how to prevent your child from becoming overweight and help him reach a more healthy weight. With a healthy weight calculator.
2003 Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule
Read about the 2003 Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule which was recently approved by the Advisory Committee on Immunization practices, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Pediarix - Super Vaccines
Pediarix is a new 'super' vaccine that combines three immunizations into one, meaning your kids will need to get fewer shots.
OTC Claritin for Allergies
My daughter has allergies. Will it be a good thing for us that Claritin is going to be available over-the-counter without a doctor's prescription?
Strattera - A New ADHD Medication
Strattera is a new nonstimulant medication that has been approved for the treatment of ADHD in children and adults.
Pertussis Fact Sheet
Pertussis or whooping cough has been increasing in recent years. Learn how to recognize and protect your child against this vaccine preventable illness.
West Nile Virus
The West Nile virus has been spreading westward across the United States, causing infections in some people who are bitten by infected mosquitoes. Are your children at risk?
Information on finding missing kids, keeping your kids from getting lost or taken, and the nationwide Amber Alert plans.
Understanding vaccine safety can help you to learn the importance of immunizations to protect your children from vaccine preventable diseases. and learn about the benefits and risks of vaccines and their side effects and what to do if your child has
DHA and ARA
In addition to DHA and ARA supplemented baby formula, you can now also feed your infant baby food with DHA and ARA. Do your children need these supplements?
Cold and Flu Treatments
Typically, parents are told to just treat the symptoms of a cold or the flu and make their child comfortable, because these common infections are caused by viruses and there are no treatments. While symptomatic treatments are important to help your child feel better, this is not totally true anymore. There are many medications available now to help treat the flu.
ADHD Treatment Guidelines
This policy statement from the AAP offers standarized guidelines for the treatment of school aged children with ADHD, including the use of stimulant medications and/or behavior therapy.
Constipation Treatment Guide
Constipation, the passage of hard, painful and infrequent stools, is common in children. Learn how to prevent and treat constipation by increasing fluids and fiber in their diet, avoiding constipating foods and using stool softeners.
The Short Child - Is he normal?
Parents and children often worry when they notice that they are not as tall as many of their peers and classmates. While there are many medical conditions that can cause children to have short stature, including growth hormone deficiency, most children who are short are normal.
Weight Management for Overweight Children
A weight management guide to help your children lose weight. While most children should not be put on a severely restricted diet, a combined approach of sensible nutrition and regular exercise can help to control weight gain.
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